On the evening of August 10, our client’s car was struck by another vehicle from behind while driving southbound on I-75 in Perrysburg, Ohio. The defendant hit the plaintiff’s vehicle at a speed of 75 mph, causing our client to spin 180 degrees and fall off the road into a ditch. When the vehicle landed, it rolled onto the driver’s side. The Perrysburg Police Department responded to the crash site immediately and issued a citation to the defendant for failing to keep an assured safe distance ahead.
Furthermore, the defendant refused to take a breath test at the scene of the accident and was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Later, the defendant went to court regarding the DUI charge and the court ruled the defendant was guilty of the violation.
Determining Driver Negligence
If the defendant had adhered to their duty of care and did not decide to operate their car while under the influence, and had maintained a safe following distance, the accident was less likely to occur, and the plaintiff may not have sustained serious injuries. After the rear-end collision, the plaintiff was rushed to St. Luke’s Emergency Room by ambulance where they received treatment for serious injuries to their neck, back, shoulders, and left leg.
Calculating Damages After a Rear-End Accident
Due to the plaintiff’s injuries, they required medical care and incurred costs for economic damage, such as ambulance and hospital bills and lost wages. As a result of the incident, the plaintiff has suffered great pain, severe mental anguish, and emotional distress.
Moreover, the plaintiff has reason to believe their injuries are permanent and they will need future treatment that will result in more medical expenses. They also believe they will continue experiencing their pain and suffering, mental anguish, and emotional distress.
The plaintiff’s spouse is also filing a claim against the defendant for feeling that they have been deprived of love, affection, services, consortium, and society of their partner after the accident. They believe the enjoyment and quality of their life, as well as their ability to conduct daily activities, has been negatively affected by the collision.
Based on the economic and noneconomic damages the defendant has caused the plaintiffs, our clients are seeking an amount exceeding $25,000 along with interest, costs, attorney fees, and any other monetary relief the court deems just. Lastly, the plaintiffs believe they are also entitled to punitive damages because the defendant acted with malice by choosing to operate a vehicle while under the influence and consciously disregarded the rights and safety of the plaintiff.
Seek Legal Counsel Today After a Serious Car Accident
If you or a loved one was involved in an auto accident and sustained serious injuries due to another driver’s negligent actions, you could be entitled to receive compensation for your damages.
The attorneys at Charles E. Boyk Law Offices understand the stress that an accident causes and could help you find financial relief during this difficult time. Our legal team has the experience and resources necessary to help you take legal action and aid you in receiving a fair settlement.